East Asian Studies Major Requirements

The EAS major consists of 13 term courses, including at least 6 term credits in an East Asian language course, and 7 area courses, including the senior essay. Prerequisite to the major is the completion of elementary level II of an East Asian language taught at Yale or the equivalent.
 

Prerequisite

Completion of elementary level II (L2) of an East Asian language taught at Yale or the equivalent

Language

Intermediate level II (L4) of an East Asian language and one year of advanced study (L5) with readings in the language (6 credits) 

All majors, regardless of previous coursework completed, must take 6 credits of language classes.  In some cases, advanced students may choose to start work on a second (or third) East Asian language.

Breadth

At least one course (but not more than two) with focus on East Asia outside of the country or area of concentration (1 credit)

Pre-modern

At least one course which focuses primarily on the pre-modern era of the country or area of concentration (1 credit)

  • China: before 1600
  • Japan: before the mid-19th century
  • Korea: before the mid-19th century

Disciplinary Focus

At least two seminars (but not freshman seminars) on related subjects, ideally about the same region and in the same discipline, which will help students to formulate the senior essay topic (2 or more credits)
DUS approval required.

Additional Courses

Courses focusing on the country or area of concentration in the disciplinary area of concentration (2 or more credits)

Senior Essay

All students must satisfy a senior requirement undertaken during the senior year (1 credit)

A list of courses pre-approved to apply to the East Asian Studies major can be found here

Courses with no explicit focus on East Asia may also apply to the major if the final paper in the course is on East Asia.  Permission of the DUS is required before the course can be applied. Please contact the DUS or Registrar if you have any questions.


The Senior Essay Requirement

During the senior year, all students must satisfy a senior requirement consisting of a major research project that uses Chinese, Japanese, or Korean-language materials, reflects an up-to-date understanding of the region, and demonstrates a strong command of written English. The faculty advisor should be a professor associated with the Council on East Asian Studies with a reading knowledge of the target language materials consulted for the essay.

The nature of the senior essay requirement makes it imperative that students begin thinking about and planning for their projects early. The senior essay requirement can be met in one of the following three ways:

1) A senior-year seminar, culminating in a senior thesis.
 

You must inform your professor that you will be writing your senior essay in his/her course. It is your responsibility to inform both your professor and the DUS of this arrangement. Your professor will determine the length of the senior essay as well as the expected use of primary materials (whether in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or English) based on overall course requirements. Summary of secondary material is not acceptable. Please note that you must submit a copy of your senior thesis to your instructor, as well as an electronic (PDF) copy to the Council on East Asian Studies by the date set by the DUS.

OR

2) In EAST 480, a one-term senior essay, with preparation under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
 

Students must receive the prior agreement of the DUS and of the faculty member who will serve as the senior essay advisor. Students must arrange to meet with their advisor on a regular basis throughout the term. A senior paper completed in EAST 480 will generally run 8,000 words (about thirty pages) in length. Essays should be based on primary material, whether in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or English. Summary of secondary material is not acceptable. Please note that you must submit a copy of your senior essay to your advisor, as well as an electronic (PDF) copy to the Council on East Asian Studies by the date set by the DUS.

OR

3) Completion of EAST 491 and EAST 492, the senior research project, a two-term independent research project supervised by a ladder faculty member.
 

The senior research project is an independent research project undertaken with the consent and guidance of a faculty advisor that will count as one credit toward the thirteen required in the major for graduation. A senior research project will generally run 8,000 to 12,000 words (about thirty to fifty pages) in length. Essays should be based on primary material, whether in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or English. Summary of secondary material is not acceptable. Please note that you must submit a copy of your senior thesis to your instructor, as well as an electronic (PDF) copy to the Council on East Asian Studies by the date set by the DUS.

CEAS does not provide specific departmental guidelines for senior essays. You should follow the senior essay guidelines of your advisor. The DUS is also always available for consultation. Students can find assistance and specialized tutorial sessions for their senior essay through their residential colleges and at the Yale College Writing Center.


Credit/D/Fail

Only one course taken Credit/D/Fail may be counted toward the requirements of the major, with the permission of the DUS.
 


Simultaneous B.A./M.A. Degree in East Asian Studies

While it is possible to pursue a simultaneous B.A./M.A. degree in East Asian Studies, it is a very rigorous process. By pursuing a simultaneous bachelor’s and master’s degrees in East Asian Studies, a student is extending his or her undergraduate program into the graduate level of study.  Study at this level is demanding.  It requires significant preparation before entering the program and a high degree of dedication on the part of students, who must be able to complete advanced courses while meeting the general requirements for graduation from Yale College.